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Author Topic: Newbie, overwhelmed by calls!!  (Read 342 times)

Offline kayl

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Newbie, overwhelmed by calls!!
« on: May 07, 2022, 08:22:52 PM »
First time turkey hunter here. Didn't get one this spring, but had a blast. I used a primos mouth call and a Quaker Boy Slider. I was able to get close to some birds and get some responses, but couldn't get a shot. I picked up a cheap slate pot call and a Primos Hook up box call, but there are so many more options out there! Glass pot calls, aluminum pot calls, etc! What should I have as a beginner?
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Newbie, overwhelmed by calls!
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2022, 08:27:41 PM »
You’ve got everything you need to kill a turkey. Practice with what you got and get proficient with those calls. Listen to recordings of real hens, learn the context in which they call, mimic those sounds, and place yourself within that context. If you learn that there’s a certain type call you prefer (maybe a mouth call, maybe a pot) search out suggestions on the site for some customs. But all that to say, you don’t NEED anything else. Get good on the calls you’ve got and put in the time and you’ll kill birds sure as the world.


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Re: Newbie, overwhelmed by calls!
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2022, 09:24:28 PM »
You’ve got everything you need to kill a turkey. Practice with what you got and get proficient with those calls. Listen to recordings of real hens, learn the context in which they call, mimic those sounds, and place yourself within that context. If you learn that there’s a certain type call you prefer (maybe a mouth call, maybe a pot) search out suggestions on the site for some customs. But all that to say, you don’t NEED anything else. Get good on the calls you’ve got and put in the time and you’ll kill birds sure as the world.


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X2, get proficient at those calls and learn to call too turkeys instead of at them. Turkeys have language. Learn how to differentiate how turkeys call too each other and why. Inflection is a huge part of this language as different types of calls can mean similar things if the right inflection is used.

I guess what I'm saying is don't just do the standard monotone yelp,yelp,yelp,cluck,cluck,yelp,yelp, or a standard cutt. Vary your pitch and cadence according to the situation. If you want to sound excited than you'll need to pick up the cadence and most likey the volume. If your trying for a more contented approach than a softer more mellow cadence would be the ticket. If your trying for a searching lost type scenario than prolong your calling starting from soft and slow to quick and loud with some quick breaks mixed in like your listening for a response. ie; yelp,yelp,yelp,..yelp..yelp,yelp,..yelp,yelp,yelp,yelp,..yelp,yelp,yelp,yelp,yelp,yelp.

Sometimes you need to demand he come over and take a look, sometimes you need to play soft and coy uninterested so to speak, and sometimes you've said enough and need to be silent. Most of this is situational awareness and will come from experience.
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Re: Newbie, overwhelmed by calls!
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2022, 12:07:45 AM »
Yeah, I'm planning on practicing a lot this summer. Is there anything else you guys would recommend for a newbie? Is there any value to buying a cheap glass call (HS Strut, etc) or a production aluminum call? Or should I just keep it simple?

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Re: Newbie, overwhelmed by calls!!
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2022, 02:07:34 AM »
I have a glass, anodized aluminum, and a slate pot call. Don't hardly use them. One of them, depending on how I'm feeling as to which, only comes out every so often during heavy winds when i cant stir anything with my diaphragm calls.
 Plenty of guys here with more experience than I on pot calls. Some will likely help you out here.
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Re: Newbie, overwhelmed by calls!!
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2022, 07:19:36 AM »
Yeah, I'm planning on practicing a lot this summer. Is there anything else you guys would recommend for a newbie? Is there any value to buying a cheap glass call (HS Strut, etc) or a production aluminum call? Or should I just keep it simple?
I tend to run pot calls and yelpers. I always carry two pots and five or six strikers. Most times it’s a slate and a glass, but I’ll switch out all sorts of calls as season progresses. You could always just get some different strikers and pull different sounds out of the pots you have. My main point is don’t get caught in the gear craze. It’s easy early on to think, well, I didn’t kill a bird this season but all I’ve got is this slate and everybody else keeps talking about copper and they’re killing birds. Or, well, I don’t have decoys and everyone else is running dekes and they’re killing birds. Turkey hunting, perhaps more than any other sporting pursuit aside fly fishing, has become very product driven and you could spend yourself blind trying to get every latest and greatest new thing. If you’ve got the money and that’s what you want to do then great. But if you don’t just know that the calls you have are plenty enough to effectively and consistently kill turkeys. Out of curiosity, which calls are your favorite to run? Or rather which ones do you have the most confidence in as far as your sound? Diaphragms? Pots? Box call?


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Re: Newbie, overwhelmed by calls!
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2022, 05:21:18 PM »
You’ve got everything you need to kill a turkey. Practice with what you got and get proficient with those calls. Listen to recordings of real hens, learn the context in which they call, mimic those sounds, and place yourself within that context. If you learn that there’s a certain type call you prefer (maybe a mouth call, maybe a pot) search out suggestions on the site for some customs. But all that to say, you don’t NEED anything else. Get good on the calls you’ve got and put in the time and you’ll kill birds sure as the world.


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Amen - Chester has given you excellent advice. A call or two that one can run efficiently are much better than twenty calls of which one cannot run a single one of them effectively.


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Re: Newbie, overwhelmed by calls!!
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2022, 10:45:08 AM »
The advice of getting good at with what you have is solid advice...  NEVER taken by another turkey hunter...  But still, good advice.

The mouth call is the most versatile turkey hunting call made, and the most difficult to run correctly.  Different cuts sound dramatically different (even by the same maker).  Gooserbat, Hooks, and Woodhaven are all calls I have liked.

I would get some different cuts, and practice making different turkey sounds CORRECTLY.  Making the sounds is half the battle, knowing when to make them is the tough half.

I like box calls, and might think about getting a good Spring Creek call from Mike...
Did I do that?

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Re: Newbie, overwhelmed by calls!!
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2022, 07:06:25 PM »
Find a call or some calls you like, that sounds good and works for you. Ask a friend to walk away from you 60 or 70 yards and you start to call and allow him to tell you if it sounds good or not. Calling in your house, in the garage or while in your vehicle is a lot different sounding then in the woods.
Don't get caught up in the latest and greatest new things out on the market or before long you'll have 3 or 4 boxes of calls, face masks, gloves and boots you didn't need.
Stick to the basics for now, get good with what you have and develop your skills.
Good Luck